Coach Marla Beck

brilliant writing career

Pamela Toler_headshot

Today I’d like you to meet Pamela Toler, an author, historian and long-time coaching client of mine. Pamela just published “Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War,” a companion history to the new PBS series about the women who worked as nurses in the Civil War. Pamela’s book is an Amazon […]

Getting Happy

“It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.”    – Rebecca West  Well that’s a bit of a tall order…isn’t it? Yet this week, during my coaching calls, several of my writer-clients had big  breakthroughs along these lines… One writer reclaimed a deep passion […]

“You’re imperfect and wired for struggle,” says Brene Brown, “but you are worthy…” You are worthy. Stop for a moment. Pretend you believe “I am worthy, just as I am.” Pretend you believe it down to your bones. Now will you show up differently in the world?  More confident?  Visible?  Unapologetic? For those of you […]

Snowflake

“We don’t live in eternity,” says Marie Beynon Ray — “Begin doing what you want to do now… “We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” We don’t live in eternity. If you feel the truth of this sentence down to your bones, this tells me […]

Brilliance_peacock feathers

If you want to fire up your writing career and fall back in love with your life again, you don’t need a writing coach. You need an expert mentor and intuitive catalyst who’s completely invested in helping you honor your talent and become more YOU in the world. Someone who will: challenge you to think […]

Embrace Your Quirks - 4

I can’t tell you how many free-thinking, intelligent, accomplished writers I meet who struggle with their productivity style: They think “real writers” always write earlier in the day. They believe the best fiction writers structure their novels in advance. They think they shouldn’t struggle, or get stuck, or write slow sometimes. Oh, my. May I […]

Mistake-Making

May I be candid? One of my favorite parts of the coaching process is helping a client turnaround a recent mistake. Perhaps he took a risk.  And failed. Perhaps she waited too damn long to respond to an opportunity, and her fear or indecisiveness pushed that great new chance right out the window. Perhaps he […]

Next Best Writing Project

Ready to begin your next writing project? Congratulations!  Let’s make sure you’re pursuing the best writing project for you, so you can avoid the malaise and burnout that can happen when you forget to honor all of who you are. Watch below to learn a new kind of decision-making for your writing career: Remember:  when […]

Small tendrill in garden

You know this already: that well-crafted and thoroughly researched pitch, lovely seedling that it is, may not land you the first “bigger, better” writing assignment you’re going for. But even if your pitch is rejected, keep watchful for the many healthy offshoots that often spring up as a result of you taking decisive action and […]

We writers are lucky folk. Isn’t it cool that people are willing to pay us to: research and report news stories, market goods or services, explain or share technical knowledge or other kinds of know-how? I’ll bet you’ve also noticed how handy your writing talents are your civic and personal life, as you use your […]

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